The Kimball Arts Center hosts a variety of events from art openings, parties, weddings, book signing, art classes, talks and movies and serves as an important venue for the Sundance Film Festival. Beyond exhibiting art, the center must provide for a variety of programs and BIG has also incorporated all the necessary spaces into their design. Classrooms and storage are located in the basement, with a lobby and gift shop located on the ground floor. New kitchen and restaurant facilities will be added, along with a rooftop terrace, theatre space and a variety of expanded gallery and exhibition spaces.
Built from heavy timbers of reclaimed trestlewood, the twisting volume is heavily insulated and protected against the cold winters. Skylights in both the renovated and new spaces along with specially placed windows pull in natural daylight, while natural ventilation reduces the need for mechanical cooling. A ground coupled heat exchanger is combined with solar thermal for energy efficient heating, while solar photovoltaic window films over the skylights generate power for the building. Rainwater is collected off the tower’s rooftop terrace and the larger rooftop garden to be used as grey water in the building.